Category: Film Previews

Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 25-27, 2022

Two new release and two expansions are fighting for consideration this Thanksgiving. Devotion and Strange World are new while Bones and All and The Fabelmans are expanding. You can probably set aside Bones and All and Devotion. Neither film has the crossover carry potential to take the top spot at the box office. Strange World has the Disney label while Fabelmans has Spielberg. That said, Strange World has more broad appeal than Fabelmans since the latter isn’t really an action-adventure or family-adventure film like much of what used to make the most money for Spielberg.

Our Highest Rated Films: Strange World
Our Best Awards Ratings: Strange World (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Bones and All (Expands Wide)
The Fabelmans (Expands Wide)
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed (Limited)
Battle For Saipan (Limited)
Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Limited)
Leonor Will Never Die (Limited)
The Son (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Empire of Light (2022) Updated

Empire of Light posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

Empire of Light, updated

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Trailer Watch: Emancipation (2022) Updated

Emancipation posterNew Trailer (#2)

Emancipation, updated

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Trailer Watch: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) Updated

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish posterNew Trailer (#3) — New Posters (#2-#3)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, updated

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Film Preview: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022)

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(November 20, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 2, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An unhappily married aristocrat begins a torrid affair with the gamekeeper on her husband’s country estate.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: There isn’t much here, just two lovers in an embrace that’s not terribly erotic or exciting.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The trailer does a fine job creating a sense of place and time, highlighting the ramifications of the type of seductive concept in a period of subdued social mores. The leads are appealing, which will help give it a chance with audiences.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Whale (2022)

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(November 13, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A reclusive English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: As much as this looks like Brendan Fraser and tells some element of his story, there’s nothing going on in the design which makes its inertia exert itself over the passer-by.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: In spite of the acclaim the film has already received, the trailer makes the film look incredibly dull and lacking in weight. There’s little here to recommend to the casual viewer and even fans of Darren Aronofsky’s and cinema in general won’t see much here to excite them.

Oscar Prospects:

Aronofsky’s latest film is at least likely to be nominated for Best Actor for Brendan Fraser if nothing else.

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Weekend Preview: Nov. 25-27, 2022

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Devotion (Wide)

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Strange World (Wide)

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Bones and All (Expanding)

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The Fabelmans (Expanding)

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Nanny (Limited)

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White Noise (Limited)

Cinema Sight Preview
 
 

Film Preview: Black Warrant (2022)

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(November 13, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A semi-retired special ops assassin and a DEA agent cross paths on separate missions to stop a cyber terrorist organization that has built a dangerous machine threatening to attack the power grid and bring catastrophe to the world.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: A familiar premise with familiar tropes and unfamiliar actors. None of these are a recipe for success an the cut of the trailer feels excessive while also seeming simultaneously dull. An awful combination.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Trailer Watch: Causeway (2022) Updated

Causeway posterNew Trailer (#2)

Causeway, updated

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Trailer Watch: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) Updated

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio posterNew Trailer (#3)

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Film Preview: Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)

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(November 13, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 9, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “It’s Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Clause at a nearby toy store goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she’s forced into a battle for survival.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A perfect evocation of the film’s premise without giving enough information about the film itself. If only it were less static.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Fans of the genre have seen a lot of the elements to the film before and the performances seem unnecessarily weak, but fans of 80s horror are sure to see something here worth checking out, which should be enough to make this a minor hit even if it doesn’t ultimately reach cult status.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 18-20, 2022

While it would be impossible for anything but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to top the box office this weekend, of the two new releases, neither really seems like a dominant type of film, so I suspect that The Menu may end up on top of the two.

Our Highest Rated Films: She Said
Our Best Awards Ratings: She Said (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Actual People (Limited)
Bad Axe (Limited)
Bantú Mama (Limited)
Behind the Card (Limited)
Drishyam 2 (Limited)
EO (Limited)
Facing Monsters (Limited)
Flaming Ears (Limited)
The Great Basin (Limited)
Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter (Limited)
Memories of My Father (Limited)
Missing (Limited)
Only in Theaters (Limited)
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (Limited)
Stutz (Limited)
The Voice of Dust and Ash (Limited)

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Trailer Watch: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) Updated

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery posterNew Trailer (#3) — New Poster (#2)

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, updated

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Trailer Watch: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022) Updated

I Wanna Dance with Somebody posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)

I Wanna Dance with Somebody, updated

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Film Preview: Savage Salvation (2022)

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(November 6, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 2, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A recovering opioid addict seeks revenge on the dealers responsible for selling the drugs that resulted in his fiance’s death.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Surprisingly well balanced, the inclusion of the main character twice is a bit distracting, but the balance works and the backdrop doesn’t feel overly familiar.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Revenge thrillers are very common. They don’t take a lot to produce as you can often just change a few elements of the basic plot, weave in different locales and events, and ultimately put it out cheaply. This trailer does almost nothing to dissuade us of that notion with the long exception being the solid cast, which could elevate the material if they are given the right impetus.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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